Ichiro Suzuki LF
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-3, 3.22)
Pettitte vs. Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS (66-79)
Rajai Davis RF
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Adam Lind 1B
Jeff Mathis C
Moises Sierra DH
Omar Vizquel 2B
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Anthony Gose LF
RHP Henderson Alvarez (9-12, 4.91)
Alvarez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: A few clouds in the sky, but ultimately a perfectly nice day. If the Yankees have to play a doubleheader, might as well be on a day like this. Win blowing from left to right.
UMPIRES: HP Lance Barksdale, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Lance Barrett, 3B Gary Cederstrom
LET’S PLAY TWO: The Yankees are scheduled to play their first home doubleheader of the season (they also played one in Boston this year). The Yankees played five doubleheaders in 2011, going 2-0-3. That was their most since 2006 (also five), and they have gone 13-1-16 in doubleheaders since 2000. The only time they were swept in that span was September 17, 2006 against Boston at the original Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are playing Toronto in a doubleheader for the first time since September 11, 1986. The Yankees swept that day.
ANDY’S BACK: Andy Pettitte is making his first start since June 27 against Cleveland when he was hit in the left ankle by a groundball off the bat of Casey Kotchman and suffered a fractured left ankle.
FOR STARTERS: The Yankees are 28-19 (.596) in series openers in 2012 but have lost seven of their last eight, including each of their last six.
UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Scoreless first inning for Pettitte, who struck out his first batter.
UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Single. Single. RBI double. RBI grounder. Sac fly. Just like that it’s 3-0 Yankees in the bottom of the first.
UPDATE, 1:42 p.m.: Two scoreles for Pettitte.
UPDATE, 1:53 p.m.: Two errors on that play. The first letting the batter reach and the second letting the lead runner get to third. Just a bad play all-around for Swisher, who’s actually played a pretty good first base since moving over there.
UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Not that it matters because Pettitte is out of the inning with a double play. It’s still 3-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 2:08 p.m.: Vizquel just tied Babe Ruth on baseball’s all-time hits list. Meanwhile, Derek Lowe is getting loose in the Yankees bullpen.
UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: That’s probably all from Pettitte, and he came through with five scoreless innings on 75 pitches. Strong return for the veteran lefty, and he’s in line for the win.
UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: No argument from the Yankees on the interference call. Rodriguez stepped right toward the plate. Easy call for the home plate ump.
UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Rough inning for Robertson who’s now allowed two runs on four hits to let the Blue Jays pull within 3-2. There’s one out and the tying run is at third with the go-ahead run at second.
UPDATE, 3:33 p.m.: Ichiro didn’t make it look easy, but he got the out to strand the bases loaded in the eighth. Now Andruw Jones has popped out on a strange play at first base. He wanted the ball ruled foul, but a replay shows that first-base ump Toby Basner got the call right.